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KEVIN GUTTING 
The Greater Holyoke YMCA at 171 Pine St.

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was training hard with the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings club, an elite team that drew swimmers from across the region. But 2½ years …

Is USA Swimming taking sexual abuse allegations seriously?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little has represented many athletes who said they were sexually abused by their coaches or fellow athletes in sports, including swimming and track and field. After hearing Anna Strzempko’s account about being raped repeatedly by her former Greater Holyoke YMCA swimming coach, Little said he believed her case to be “on the more horrific end of things I’ve …

Westfield State University names presidential search committee

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University has established a search committee for choosing its 20th president. Former president Evan Dobelle retired Nov. 8, 2013, after being placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into reports of extravagant spending during domestic and overseas travel and improper use of school credit cards. Elizabeth Preston, the university’s vice president of academic affairs, was named interim president …

Westfield State University faces at least $1.2 million in legal bills resulting from battle with former president Evan Dobelle

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University’s legal battle against its own former president is expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The university’s top financial officer told trustees Monday that $500,000-plus in bills already received from the Boston law firm of Fish & Richardson will likely double, and …

Stories that Endure: Dobelle’s troubled tenure at Westfield State University

Monday, December 30, 2013

Westfield State University made headlines across the state in 2013 for reasons that tarnished the school’s proud 175-year history. Reports surfaced in August of lavish spending by Evan S. Dobelle, university president since 2007, who earned $240,900 a …

Friday morning crash kills 84-year-old Westfield man, hospitalizes another

Friday, December 27, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A two-car crash at the intersection of North King and Elm streets claimed the life of one of the drivers and sent the other to the hospital. According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, the deceased driver was an 84-year-old Westfield man, who was pronounced dead …

Former Westfield State President Dobelle says higher-ed chief refused to let him quit, forced firing

Thursday, December 26, 2013

WESTFIELD — Embattled former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle has alleged in new court filings that state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland refused to let him resign during a 10-hour private meeting back in October, instead ordering the university board to fire him. Dobelle, 68, …

Westfield nurse accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from 85 year-old Easthampton woman in her care

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A former visiting nurse faces charges after police say she stole nearly $9,800 from an 85-year-old woman she was caring for in Easthampton — and may have used some of the money to pay for a …

Manager of Easthampton clock shop pledges to return customers’ timepieces, catch up on repairs

Monday, December 16, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — The manager of Al’s Clock and Watch Repair Shop, which closed abruptly Nov. 1, pledged Monday to return clocks to customers, saying the business may reopen in the spring. Theresa Leveille said she was forced to …

Lawyer for former president Evan Dobelle wants Westfield State to pay $99,000 in legal bills

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The attorney for former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle has submitted about $99,000 in invoices to the university for legal work during the final months of Dobelle’s embattled presidency. The bills, released by a subcommittee of …

Top Westfield State University financial officer, Milton Santiago, resigns

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A top financial administrator has resigned from his post at Westfield State University, signaling more leadership changes at the school. Milton Santiago, the vice president for administration and finance, informed the school earlier this week that …

Westfield State University names Elizabeth Preston interim president

Monday, November 25, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s board of trustees formally named Elizabeth H. Preston interim president by a unanimous vote Monday evening, more than a month after she took on the responsibilities handled by retired president Evan Dobelle. At …

Ed Nied Jr. of Southampton, who died after motorcycle-bear collision, remembered by other riders as selfless

Friday, November 15, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — The growl of motorcycle engines filled the air outside Mitchell Funeral Home Friday morning as 45 leather-clad men and women started their motorcycles and turned two by two onto Route 10 in a funeral procession to …